What is mallet finger?
Mallet finger is an injury to your fingertip. It is common in sports and usually happens when a ball hits the end of your finger (such as a baseball or basketball). There can be a small fracture (broken bone) as well as an injury to tendons in the finger.
Acute Finger Injuries: Part II. Fractures, Dislocations, and Thumb Injuries by JC Leggit, LTC, MC, USA, and CJ Meko, CAPT, MC, USA (American Family Physician March 01, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060301/827.html)
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